Sometimes it seems to me like everyone in the world reads Tamaratattles.com, and that’s a good thing. In a recent post about the potential for Joe Giudice’s likelihood of deportation, I wrote:
During the appeal process with ICE, Scott-Jones served another 15 months in prison. His appeals were not met with success and it seemed unlikely he would be allowed to stay in the country.
I recently received an email from Mr. Scott-Jones’ immigration attorney, Keren Sohahong who wanted me to point out that she did win her appeal on Scott-Jones case and the judge agreed to issue Mr. Scott-Jones a green card. The reason he was not released at that time was not because she lost the case, as I suggested, but because ICE threatened to appeal the decision.
Ms Sohahong explained it to me as follows:
In Mr. Scott-Jones’ case after we successfully appealed the July 2014 decision, the case went back to the Immigration Court, where we won at the re-trial. ICE then had 30 days to decide whether to appeal the decision. The ICE attorney on the case stated adamantly that she would appeal the decision, so Mr. Scott-Jones remained detained. On the day the appeal was due, ICE suddenly decided not to submit an appeal, and he was released (since we had won the case at the re-trial). Because we were expecting ICE to appeal, I had been prepping myself, Adrian and his family about the months-long challenge ahead of us, so we were all surprised by the sudden reversal in ICE’s decision to forego their appeal. Adrian’s now with his lovely wife and stepson in Florida, and is recovering physically and emotionally. #All’sWellThatEndsWell
So there you have it. Apologies to Ms. Sohahong for inaccurately representing that she lost her appeal. I’m happy that she got in touch with me to set the record straight. I’m even happier that she is a local Atlanta attorney with whom I seem to have a few things in common. (like our appreciation for a good hashtag) One can never have enough attorney friends in Atlanta, and I am happy to make a new one!
My focus on this subject was on the issue of deportation and how this case supports my feeling that Joe Giudice will more likely than not be deported. Beyond that topic, Mr. Scott-Jones should not be lumped in as in any way similar to Joe Giudice. Joe has a long history of crimes in this country where Mr. Scott-Jones does not. With regard to my overall point on Joe’s potential deportation, Ms. Sohahong agrees stating:
I just wanted to request that you correct that, so your readers know that ICE definitely does not release detainees after 15 months simply out of good will; least of all, individuals from countries like the United Kingdom. In fact, it’s more likely that citizens and nationals of developed countries who have committed the types of criminal offenses as Mr. Scott-Jones and Mr. Giudice get deported, as there is virtually no chance that they would face torture upon returning to their native countries. Sadly, very little weight, if any, is given to the fact that these individuals have lawfully resided in the country for decades and have established their lives here.
I am loath to repost this topic since the last time we discussed it we had ugly rantings about dual citizens that made me, and some dual citizens who read here quite uncomfortable. However, I regret implying that Ms. Sohahong did not win her appeal, and did not want to misrepresent her hard work on the case that eventually allowed Mr. Scott-Jones to retain his residency here and reunite with his family. I will point out that when commenting one should remember that anyone could be reading your comments and take all potential audiences in to account when making broad statements about different types of citizenship.
Now, has anyone seen Juicy lately? Should I issue a BOLO on him for my Italian readers? 🙂
Thanks to Ms. Sohahong for reaching out to clarify the facts of her case.